We are back in Homebased Learning (HBL) season again. We all know how unnerving that can be for some parents when the kids’ HBL lessons clash with our WFH commitments or worse, when the learning network (SLS) is down.
Sometimes, we also need a time-out from the kids (to run some errands or attend to that urgent Zoom call). Here’s a curated list of educational YouTube videos which are engaging for the children. These videos are also excellent to watch together as a family to engage in meaningful conversations for family bonding.
- This is not a sponsored post by any of the channels.
- This is a community compilation curated through other parents’ sharing in our social network. Please these sites are to exercise own discretion.
- Parents are advised to put in place the usual safe practices when children are online. Example:
- View online content at open spaces at home (E.g. Living Room)
- Set a time limit and enforce it.
- Take visual breaks and Intersperse online time with other offline activities.
Here are the sites: (Due to the site restrictions, not all site thumbnails can be displayed)
Time To Come In, Bear: A well-illustrated story about social distancing
Crash Course Kids: A colourful and well-produced animated channel to teach kids anything from Dino pee to Egyptian Mummies.
Science Channel: A channel with tons of intriguing explanations of mysteries, myths and how things are made.
SciShow Kids: Another amazing channel with many well-produced clips to engage kids with Science and Nature.
Kids Learning Tube: A channel with short and engaging episodes of anything kids like to learn.
National Geographic Kids: National Geographic needs no introduction. A treasure trove for learning.
Free School: A channel that exposes children to Art, Natural Sciences and Literature.
Mike Likes Science: Short clips to enthuse kids about Science.
For Older Kids:
Geography Focus: Can’t travel? No problem. This channel brings you to your favourite countries to learn something unique about its people and sights.
TheBrainScoop: A channel by the Field Museum of Chicago. Lots of interesting nuggets of History and Natural Science.
Geek Gurl Diaries: A good channel with some techie and geeky stuff.
Science Max: Intriguing site that shows experiments and debunks myths related to Science.
Mystery Doug: Weekly video series based entirely on questions that real students ask.
Curiosity Stream: Treasure trove of documentaries that dive deep into Science, History, Technology, Nature, Health and more.
Let us know what you think of these sites and if you have others to recommend, drop us a note. If you would like some tips on how to make HBL work better for your family, refer to NUH’s website here.
Keep Safe, Stay Connected and Happy (Online) Learning!